The inauguration of the Coastal Surveillance Radar System (CSRS) signifies the importance of India’s ‘Neighbourhood First’ policy that will strengthen bilateral ties.
New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Maldivian President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih have jointly established an Indian built Coastal Surveillance Radar System (CSRS) and a composite training facility of the Maldives National Defence Force.
The joint inauguration comes as the two nations sign on six agreements that include a technical agreement on sharing white shipping information between the Indian Navy and the Maldives National Defence Force.
PM Modi’s Maldives' visit is his first foreign trip after being re-elected as the Prime Minister. His visit to the Indian Ocean island signifies the importance of India’s ‘Neighbourhood First’ policy. This will strengthen bilateral ties.
The CSRS assists in creating a network of information to maritime domain awareness in the strategic Indian Ocean. It is a primary sensor for Integrated Coastal Surveillance System.
The establishment of such a system is important as China sees the Maldives as a key to its Maritime Silk Road project in the Indian Ocean. China has already acquired the Hambantota port in Sri Lanka and Djibouti in the Horn of Africa.
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Last Updated 9, Jun 2019, 2:28 PM